Donovan McNabb on RGIII criticism: ‘It’s depressing to me’

May 30, 2013

Robert Griffin III has certainly had his fair share of criticism, whether it’s injury-related, or for something he tweeted or even for something his father said. But being put under a microscope is a part of being a superstar athlete with multiple national endorsements and a strong personality. RGIII seems to handle it fairly well, but one former Redskins quarterback doesn’t like it one bit.

“It’s depressing to me,” Donovan McNabb told Jason La Canfora. “It goes beyond the quarterback position — to have people dislike the kid already and he didn’t really even do anything? It’s depressing. This is a different arena he’s in — I lived it myself — where some people are going to dislike you because of your skin color, where they’re looking for reasons to come at you, and then you have all these people, [coach Mike] Shanahan, Dr. [James] Andrews, his father, saying things and this kid is caught up in the middle of it.”

Doug Williams expressed similar sentiments to La Canfora.

“He is what you call an innocent bystander,” Williams said. “He’s doing his job. Here is a kid drafted with the second pick of the whole draft and he went out and proved he was ready to be the first or second pick in the draft. What more could he do? He did it all on the field and off the field. That’s the killer part of it. From a character standpoint, there’s no doubt he is a good kid. He’s full of character and he’s proven that. But he’s on a bigger stage than Baylor now, and he played so well last year that he’s created this monster now. There’s a lot of people out there who want to be like him and who are influenced by him, and, unfortunately, a lot of people who will want to tear him down.”

It comes with the territory, whether you agree with it or not. The commercials, the constant tweets endorsing those products, the jumping jacks in public to show his rehab progress, and everything else designed by his people to put him in the spotlight hardly make him an innocent bystander.

 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Ryan Zimmerman, on not getting to enjoy his three-homer night:

“It’s tough to have a night like that, and then not be able to celebrate and have fun with it because we lost.”

 


HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT

All of Ryan Zimmerman’s heroics last night.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Nats at Orioles, 7 p.m. on MASN, MASN2. All TV/Radio listings here.

 

HOME PURCHASE OF THE DAY
Reliable Source has the info on RGIII’s new $2.5 million home in Loudoun County. Five bedrooms, four baths and 9,000 square feet on three acres is plenty of room to host those get togethers.

 

MORE RGIII WEDDING NEWS IN CASE YOU FELT THERE WASN’T ENOUGH

“Shanahan told us (women of Washington redskins) last night where rgiii wedding will be,” a WOW member wrote to us on Twitter. “He said its going to be in Denver and said he has a big house there (implying his house would be involved).”

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